D-seven are an all-male a’capella vocal performance group from Cape Town. Performing on some of the world’s largest platforms with top national artists, D-seven have established themselves as a premier entertainment act with a high level of media currency.
A’Capella (voice only) music has, for an exceptionally long period, suffered under the impression that it was a music genre lacking sex appeal, audience-accessibility and commercial viability, and perhaps a touch lame.
Needless to say, perceptions haven’t hindered D-seven , is a bold ensemble that has set the South African music performance scene alight with tight sets, fitted suits, slick moves and smooth music. And if first impressions are anything to go by, many a fan of high-quality live music will be groveling to the musical gods in thanks for a long while to come.
And grovel you just might. The men of D-seven certainly are a sight to match their sound, which is itself winning wide acclaim. The group is moving from strength to strength, having performed to packed crowds on some of the world’s premier stages. They have had recognition from the likes of Take 6, Imogen Heap, Estelle to name a few and have performed with SA locals like Just Jinjer and Goldfish.
What makes this group so special, aside from their flirtatious nature and persuasive charm, is their individual and combined passion for singing, is evident by their commitment to the art to date. Each has their own exceptional singing career behind them and it’s their love of singing and entertaining that has encouraged them to join forces to get your feet tapping, bringing a’capella into a world of cool. Their ability to perform each of their tracks with such panache and charm leaves audiences amazed and feeling spoilt.
All that coverage is sure to grow the D-seven brand, and like any performance outfit worth their salt, the men are certainly conscious of the fact. But it’s the brand itself that catches more attention than anything else.
Fresh, vibrant, powerful, mature (with just the hint of an incorrigible wink), contemporary and downright damned good. These are the ideas and terms that make up the core of the D-seven brand and identity, ideas which are lived out by each of the seven gents on stage and in life. So get on your feet or take a load off. Clap your hands, bite your lip or chill out. Open up your ears, eyes and your smile, D-seven is up.
D-seven have been spotted at venues & events such as:
- J&B Met (J&B Jet Lounge & Equuss Lounge)
- Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, Val de Vie
- Up The Creek Music Festival
- Paul Cluver Amphitheater with Imogen Heap
- Champagne & Method Cap Classique Festival, Franchoek
- Rocking the Daisies
- VredeFest with aKing, The Dirty Skirts, Fokofpolisiecar, Foto na Dans.
- SA’s Got Talent
- SABC 2
- The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
Artscape Theater, On Broadway Theater, Cape Town
- Victoria Country Club, Pietermaritzburg
- Hilton Hotel, Durban
- Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg
- Klein Libertus & Dorpstraat Theater, Stellenbosch
- Kunskafee, Durbanville.
- Pink Lunch, Chairty Event for Breast Cancer
- 5FM, UCT Radio, MFM, Heart FM, Goodhope FM, Cape Talk FM
- 2Oceans Blog, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Cape Times, Next 48Hours, Argus
- Corporate Functions (Clients such as Seeff, Mediclinic, Sanlam, Bilton, Jordan Wines, Cubana, SAB)
- Private Functions (Weddings, Birthdays, Launches)
- Obz Café & Theater, Cape Town
- L’Ormarins Queens Plate, Opened for Arno Carstens & Goldfish & Louise Carver
- Arabella Hotel and Spa, Kleinmond
2011 Line Up: The Men Behind the Mics
You’ve seen us; you’ve heard us; you’ve followed us throughout the years – but do you really know D7? Take an inside look into the lives of these 10 talented young men…
Yati Khumalo - Tenor
Mix soul, R&B, gospel, funk, jazz, choral music, and a dash of ‘peppa’, and you’ll begin to get an idea of Yati’s musical background. Mix personality, attitude, and a glass of anything lethal and you’ll begin to understand who he really is. Swazi-born, he grew up in the US and now lives in Cape Town, which really just means that Patrick and Nathan know more about African languages than he does. When he’s not singing with D7 or the UCT Choir – or laughing about gay horses – he works as a magazine editor.
Eugene Gouws - Tenor
Eugene “Dimples” Gouws is characterised by three things. His chin, his one thousand yard stare (translation: crazy eyes – just watch him sing “Video Killed the Radio Star”), and an obscene portion of musical talent. Eugene studied music at the University of Stellenbosch and has appeared on stages across the globe as a distinctively rich and powerful tenor. When he’s not leading us through our rehearsals, he teaches music and works as a salesman.
Patrick Craig - Business Manager
This man makes things happen, period, the end. Tell him he can’t do something, and five minutes later, he’ll show you the eight different ways in which he did it. Sing? Beat-box? Make a full on trumpet sound? You got it. By day he gets creative with Cape Town’s marketing types; by night he puts his Irish charm to good use as our dynamic manager. His big heart and even bigger dreams are contagious and drive the group to new heights every week.
Nathan Groener – Operations Manager
If a Godzilla came to town, the ground opened up and swallowed your house, and Andy Dick came to one of your house parties, ‘Nate’ would still be able to make you smile. There’s a reason his surname rhymes with ‘crooner’: his warm personality is matched only by his rich tenor tones. By day he works in banking, but as our Operations manager he keeps our heads clear and focused 24/7.
Paul Morrissey - Head Arranger
What you hear us sing is the result of hours and hours of arranging done by our own musical messiah: Paul. A Cape Town native, he started singing at a young age in church and soon moved on to sing with both the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and the Pro Cantu Youth Choir. During this time he also completed his Trinity Grade 8 classical piano. He then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz composition, majoring in arranging, classical orchestration and jazz singing. He is currently singer/composer/arranger/orchestrator/vocal coach and pianist.
Shiraz Jogee – Tenor
Very few people can be said to have been born ready for performance, but the effervescent Shiraz is one such rarity. Energetic and fun on and off stage, Shiraz has a pair of dancing shoes for every song and every occasion; you can tell he’s in his element when he’s singing a sweet harmony with a huge grin on his face. Don’t be intimidated by this celebrity fitness expert’s monster arms: he’s as smooth as the R&B and soul music which inspires him, and as sweet as that first sip of his namesake.
Jeremy Du Plessis – Tenor
Affectionately referred to as “Snowflake”, Jeremy is our youngest member – but don’t let that fool you. He’s been a musical powerhouse since the age of nine. High school saw him transition into classical music, where he achieved grade 7 in classical flute. Ever since, he’s been writing pop songs and playing guitar, and is now studying Jazz Vocal Performance at UCT’s College of Music. When he’s not signing, he’s thinking about singing – and keeps the rest of us entertained with his own special brand of humour. And yes, ladies, he’s single.
Geran Steyn- Bass
This laid-back bass started his music career in primary school in George, singing and performing in school choirs all the way through high school, where he also performed in several rock bands. At Stellenbosch University, he joined the choir and continued his rock band career as a bass guitarist in two rock bands: 3rd World Spectator, and an Afrikaans rock band called Baarmoeder Gevoel – all while studying civil engineering. Last year, Geran appeared in an opera at Cape Town’s Artscape theatre, furthering his vocal versatility. He’s everything a bass should be: charming, sincere, and eight different kinds of cool!